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QEH Foundation Launches 2017-18 Annual Friends for Life Campaign

CHARLOTTETOWN – The QEH Foundation launched its 2017-18 annual Friends for Life campaign today, with the introduction of campaign Chair, Doug Newson and grateful patient Gary Rayner, as well as gift presentations from QEH Auxiliary and QEH staff giving campaign.

With success of last year’s campaign, the Foundation supported the purchase of several pieces of equipment for the QEH including a state-of-the-art Nuclear SPECT/CT Camera and a digital radiographic unit at a combined cost of $1.5 million, making P.E.I. the only province in Canada to be fully digitized with its diagnostic imaging machines. This year, funds raised will support the purchase of priority medical equipment for the QEH operating rooms, pharmacy, provincial laboratory, children’s health, stroke care, ICU, cancer care and more.

Newson is confident that Islanders will once again come together and make this a successful year of fundraising in direct support of the QEH. “As the Island’s main referral hospital, our gifts to the campaign will impact the lives of over 1,000 people who receive care at the QEH each day,” says Newson. “All contributions, big and small, will positively impact the care of Islanders today and into the future.”

Hospital partners kicked-off the campaign in a big way with donations totaling $138,000 being presented by the hospital family.  The QEH Auxiliary presented a gift of $10,000 and the QEH staff giving campaign raised over $41,000 to date. Dr. Jeff Craswell, QEH surgeon and physician division chair, announced that the current giving level to this campaign by physicians is already over $87,000, and campaign efforts have just begun.

Newson hopes that the internal support for this year’s campaign will inspire all Islanders to respond to this call for support. Appeal letters are beginning to reach mailboxes across the Island this week offering more information about this year’s campaign and how to contribute.

Grateful patient Gary Rayner recognizes the importance of contributing to this campaign and understands the benefits of supporting the QEH. Rayner spoke of his QEH care story following a stroke just over one year ago. He and his family are thankful for the care and compassion he received. “We almost didn’t want to leave the care of the QEH, but the therapists and our care team assured us we were ready to ease into our lives again”.

Provincial Laboratory Services Medical Director, Dr. Kristen Mead, commented on the progress of technology and its affect on equipment needs. “Each year we carefully evaluate equipment needs in order to keep aligned with the rapid advances in technology,” says Mead. “This, in turn, enables the QEH to continue to provide patients with quality testing, services, and care right here at home.”

To donate to the QEH Friends for Life Campaign, please call the QEH Foundation office at 902-894-2425, go online to www.qehfoundation.pe.ca or mail to the QEH Foundation, PO Box 6600, Charlottetown, PE C1A 8T5.

The QEH Foundation thanks the volunteer campaign cabinet, dedicated canvassers and generous donors for their continued support of the QEH.